Four score and seven years ago…
is how long it has felt like since the Deflategate saga began. A rainy January night and another AFC Championship game in Foxboro, Massachusetts for the New England Patriots. A game where the Patriots would dominate the Indianapolis Colts 45-7 en route to a fourth Super Bowl title for the franchise. While many did not understand the controversy that would surround this game at the time, the harsh reality has taken us to now where a few allegedly deflated footballs have created one of the most intriguing controversies in NFL history.
A witch hunt, conducted by the most powerful man and organization in sports. A league that claims that the integrity of the game is their main focus. Yet, maybe it is time they look in the mirror.
Here we are, nearly two years after the allegations that Tom Brady and members of the Patriots staff had purposely deflated footballs below the allowed PSI and the saga is far from over. Today, judges from the U.S. Court of Appeals reinstated a four game suspension for Brady that was originally overturned by U.S. District Court Judge Richard Berman. To Patriots fans, this was believed to be the end of the worry for any further punishment to the team, who had already lost two draft picks and one million dollars, and to Brady, who was able to play the entirety of the 2015 NFL season. Instantly, the worry has come right back and the Patriots star Quarterback is in jeopardy of losing the first four games of the 2016 season once again.
It is truly a sad day for not only the New England Patriots, but for the NFL and it’s fans. The NFL and it’s cowardly leader has perpetrated an attack on one of the faces of the NFL and a man of the highest integrity. They have used allegations that have been proven to be false to make something out of nothing. The NFL and it’s leader could not stand to be overruled and have turned hypocritical, pointing towards the integrity of the game being compromised. The integrity of the league has been compromised by the very people attempting to promote that, unfairly treating a superstar and someone that should be celebrated and not tarnished, all for a little bit of money and power.
We can only hope that Brady continues to fight and that the real justice is served to those responsible for this mess.